FTC Charges Marketers of Kinoki Foot Pads

FTC Charges Marketers of Kinoki Foot Pads With Deceptive Advertising; Seeks Funds for Consumer Redress For Release: January 28, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission has charged the marketers of Kinoki Foot Pads with deceptive advertising, including claims that use of the foot pads would remove toxins from the body; treat high blood pressure, depression, and a host of other medical conditions; and lead to weight loss.

In its complaint, the FTC charges that all the advertising claims either are false or did not have evidence to support them when they were made. The FTC seeks to bar the defendants permanently from deceptively marketing the foot pads. The FTC also asks the court to order the defendants to provide monetary redress to consumers or otherwise give up their ill-gotten gains.

The Commission filed the complaint against the company marketing the footpads and two of its principals. According to the complaint, the defendants marketed Kinoki Foot Pads with deceptive advertisements on television and the Internet, offering a two-week supply for $19.95, plus $9.95 for shipping and handling. In advertisements, the defendants claimed that if consumers applied the Kinoki Foot Pads to the soles of their feet at night, they could remove heavy metals, metabolic wastes, toxins, parasites, chemicals, and cellulite from their bodies. In addition, the advertisements claimed that use of the foot pads could treat depression, fatigue, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system.

The complaint also states that the defendants falsely claimed to have scientific proof that the foot pads removed toxic materials from the body. The complaint against Xacta 3000, Inc. also names individuals Yehuda (“Juda”) Levin and Baruch Levin – both of whom were principals – as liable and culpable for the charges made in this case. The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint was 4-0. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on January 27, 2009. The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them.

To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 1,500 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

The FTC’s Web site provides free information on a variety of consumer topics. MEDIA CONTACT: Betsy Lordan Office of Public Affairs 202-326-3707 STAFF CONTACT: Victor F. DeFrancis Bureau of Consumer Protection 202-326-3495 Sydney M. Knight Bureau of Consumer Protection 202-326-2162 (Xacta NR.wpd) (FTC File No. 082-3170)

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